In baseball or softball, a strikeout occurs when a batter racks up three strikes during a time at bat. It means the batter is out. A strikeout is a statistic recorded for both pitchers and batters, is denoted by K. A strikeout looking is denoted by a Ʞ. Although a strikeout suggests that the pitcher dominated the batter, the free-swinging style that generates home runs leaves batters susceptible to striking out; some of the greatest home run hitters of all time — such as Alex Rodriguez, Reggie Jackson, Sammy Sosa — were notorious for striking out. A pitched ball is ruled a ball by the umpire if the batter did not swing at it and, in that umpire's judgement, it does not pass through the strike zone. Any pitch at which the batter swings unsuccessfully or, that in that umpire's judgement passes through the strike zone, is ruled a strike; each ball and strike affects the count, incremented for each pitched ball with the exception of a foul ball on any count with two strikes. That is, a third strike may only occur by the batter swinging and missing at a pitched ball, or the pitched ball being ruled a strike by the umpire with no swing by the batter.
A pitched ball, struck by the batter with the bat on any count, is not a foul ball or foul tip, is in play. A batter may strike out by bunting if the ball is hit into foul territory. A pitcher receives credit for a strikeout on any third strike, but a batter is out only if one of the following is true: The third strike is pitched and caught in flight by the catcher. Thus, it is possible for a batter to strike out, but still become a runner and reach base safely if the catcher is unable to catch the third strike cleanly, he does not either tag out the batter or force him out at first base. In Japan, this is called furinige, or "swing and escape". In Major League Baseball, it is known as an uncaught third strike; when this happens, a strikeout is recorded for both the pitcher and the batter, but no out is recorded. Because of this, a pitcher may be able to record more than three strikeouts in one half-inning, it is possible for a strikeout to result in a fielder's choice. With the bases loaded and two strikes with two outs, the catcher drops the ball or catches it on the bounce.
The batter-runner is obliged to run for first base and other base-runners are obliged to attempt to advance one base. Should the catcher field the ball and step on home plate before the runner from third base can score the runner from third base is forced out. In baseball scorekeeping, a swinging strikeout is recorded as a K, or a K-S. A strikeout looking is scored with a backwards K, sometimes as a K-L, CK, or Kc. Despite the scorekeeping custom of using "K" for strikeout, "SO" is the official abbreviation used by Major League Baseball."K" is still used by fans and enthusiasts for purposes other than official record-keeping. One baseball ritual involves fans attaching a succession of small "K" signs to the nearest railing, one added for every strikeout notched by the home team's pitcher, following a tradition started by New York Mets fans in honor of "Dr. K", Dwight Gooden; the "K" may be placed backwards in cases where the batter strikes out looking, just as it would appear on a scorecard.
Every televised display of a high-strikeout major league game will include a shot of a fan's strikeout display, if the pitcher continues to strike out batters, the display may be shown following every strikeout. The use of "K" for a strikeout was invented by Henry Chadwick, a newspaper journalist, credited as the originator of the box score and the baseball scorecard; as is true in much of baseball, both the box score and scorecard remain unchanged to this day. Chadwick decided to use "K", the last letter in "struck", since the letter "S" was used for "sacrifice." Chadwick was responsible for several other scorekeeping conventions, including the use of numbers to designate player positions. Those unaware of Chadwick's contributions have speculated that "K" was derived from the last name of 19th century pitcher Matt Kilroy. If not for the evidence supporting Chadwick's earlier use of "K", this explanation would be reasonable. Kilroy raised the prominence of the strikeout, setting an all-time single-season record of 513 strikeouts in 1886, only two years after overhand pitching was permitted.
His record, however, is limited to its era since the pitcher's mound was only 50 feet from the batter during that season. It was moved to its current distance of 60'6" in 1893; the modern record is 383 strikeouts, held by Nolan Ryan, one better than Sandy Koufax's 382. For 55 years, Walter Johnson held the career strikeout record, at 3,508; that record fell in 1982 to Nolan Ryan, passed by Steve Carlton, before Ryan took the career strikeout record for good at 5,714. Early rules stated that "three balls being struck at and missed and the last one caught, is a hand-out; the modern rule has changed little. The addition of the called strike came in 1858. In 1880, the rules were changed to specify. A adjustment to the dropped third strike rule specified that a batter is automatically out when there are fewer than two out and a runner on first base. In 1887, the number of strikes for an out was changed to four, but it was promptly changed back to three the next season. A swinging strik
Barry Lamar Bonds is an American former professional baseball left fielder who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. He received seven NL MVP awards, eight Gold Glove awards, 12 Silver Slugger awards, 14 All-Star selections, he is considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Bonds was regarded as an exceptional hitter: he led MLB in on-base plus slugging six times, placed within the top five hitters in 12 of his 17 qualifying seasons, he holds many MLB hitting records, including most career home runs, most home runs in a single season and most career walks. Bonds was known as a talented all-around baseball player, he won eight Gold Glove awards for his defensive play in the outfield. He stole 514 bases with his baserunning speed, becoming the first and only MLB player to date with at least 500 home runs and 500 stolen bases, he is ranked second in career Wins Above Replacement among all major league position players by both Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference.com, behind only Babe Ruth.
However, Bonds led a controversial career, notably as a central figure in baseball's steroids scandal. In 2007, he was indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for lying to the grand jury during the federal government's investigation of BALCO; the perjury charges against Bonds were dropped and an initial obstruction of justice conviction was overturned in 2015. Bonds became eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013. Bonds served as the hitting coach for the Miami Marlins in 2016, was fired at the end of the season. Bonds was born in Riverside, California to Patricia and former major leaguer Bobby Bonds, grew up in San Carlos and attended Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, where he excelled in baseball and football, he played on the junior varsity team during his freshman year and the remainder of his high school career on the varsity team. He garnered a.467 batting average his senior year, was named prep All-American. The Giants drafted Bonds in the second round of the 1982 MLB draft as a high school senior, but the Giants and Bonds were unable to agree on contract terms when Tom Haller's maximum offer was $70,000 and Bonds’ minimum to go pro was $75,000, so Bonds instead decided to attend college.
Bonds attended Arizona State University, hitting.347 with 175 runs batted in. In 1984 he had 30 stolen bases. In 1985, he hit 23 home runs with a. 368 batting average. He was a Sporting News All-American selection that year, he tied the NCAA record with seven consecutive hits in the College World Series as sophomore and was named to All-Time College World Series Team in 1996. Bonds was not well liked by his Sun Devil teammates, in part because in the words of longtime coach Jim Brock, he was "rude and self-centered." For instance, when he was suspended for breaking curfew, the other players voted against his return though he was the best player on the team. He graduated from Arizona State in 1986 with a degree in criminology, he was named ASU On Deck Circle Most Valuable Player. During college, he played part of one summer in the amateur Alaska Baseball League with the Alaska Goldpanners; the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Bonds as the sixth overall pick of the 1985 Major League Baseball draft. He joined the Prince William Pirates of the Carolina League and was named July 1985 Player of the Month for the league.
In 1986, he hit.311 in 44 games for the Hawaii Islanders of the Pacific Coast League. Before Bonds made it to the major leagues in Pittsburgh, Pirate fan attendance was low, with 1984 and 1985 attendance below 10,000 per game for the 81-game home schedule. Bonds made his major league debut on May 30, 1986. In 1986, Bonds led National League rookies with 16 home runs, 48 RBI, 36 stolen bases and 65 walks, but he finished 6th in Rookie of the Year voting, he played center field in 1986, but switched to left field with the arrival of centerfielder Andy Van Slyke in 1987. In his early years, Bonds batted as the leadoff hitter. With Van Slyke in the outfield, the Pirates had a venerable defensive tandem that worked together to cover a lot of ground on the field although they were not close off the field; the Pirates experienced a surge in fan enthusiasm with Bonds on the team and set the club attendance record of 52,119 in the 1987 home opener. That year, he hit 25 home runs in his second season, along with 59 RBIs.
Bonds improved in 1988. The Pirates broke. Bonds now fit into a respected lineup featuring Bobby Bonilla, Van Slyke and Jay Bell, he finished with 19 homers, 58 RBIs, 14 outfield assists in 1989, second in the NL. Following the season, rumors that he would be traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Jeff Hamilton and John Wetteland, but the team denied the rumors and no such trade occurred. Bonds won his first MVP Award in 1990, hitting.301 with 114 RBIs. He stole 52 bases, which were third in the league, to become a first-time member of the 30–30 club, he won his first Gold Glove Silver Slugger Award. That year, the Pirates won the National League East title for their first postseason berth since winning the 1979 World Series. However, the Cincinnati Reds, whose last post-season berth had been in 1979 when they lost to the Pirates
2001 World Series
The 2001 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's 2001 season. The 97th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League champion Arizona Diamondbacks and the three-time defending World Series champions and American League champion New York Yankees; the Diamondbacks defeated the Yankees. Considered one of the greatest World Series of all time, memorable aspects included two extra-inning games and three late-inning comebacks. Diamondbacks pitchers Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling were both named World Series Most Valuable Players; the Yankees advanced to the World Series by defeating the Oakland Athletics, three games to two, in the AL Division Series, the Seattle Mariners in the AL Championship Series, four games to one. It was the Yankees' fourth consecutive World Series appearance, after winning championships in 1998, 1999, 2000; the Diamondbacks advanced to the World Series by defeating the St. Louis Cardinals, three games to two, in the NL Division Series, the Atlanta Braves in the NL Championship Series, four games to one.
It was the franchise's first appearance in a World Series. The Series began than usual as a result of a delay in the regular season after the September 11 attacks and was the first to extend into November; the Diamondbacks won the first two games at home. The Yankees responded with a close win in game 3, at which US President George W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch. In games 4 and 5, the Yankees won in comeback fashion, hitting game-tying home runs off Diamondbacks closer Byung-hyun Kim with one out remaining in consecutive games, before winning in extra innings; the Diamondbacks won game 6 in blowout, forcing a decisive game 7. In the final game, the Yankees led in the ninth inning before the Diamondbacks staged a comeback against closer Mariano Rivera, capped off by a walk-off, bases-loaded bloop single by Luis Gonzalez to clinch Arizona's championship victory; this was the third World Series to end in a bases-loaded, walk-off hit, following 1991 and 1997. Among several firsts, the 2001 World Series was: the first World Series championship for the Diamondbacks.
The home team won every game in the Series, which had only happened twice before, in 1987 and 1991. The Diamondbacks outscored the Yankees, 37–14, as a result of large margins of victory achieved by Arizona at Bank One Ballpark relative to the one-run margins the Yankees achieved at Yankee Stadium. Arizona's pitching held powerhouse New York to a.183 batting average, the lowest in a seven-game World Series. This and the 2002 World Series were the last two consecutive World Series to have game sevens until the World Series of 2016 and 2017; the 2001 World Series was the subject of an HBO documentary, Nine Innings from Ground Zero, in 2004. The Arizona Diamondbacks began play in 1998, along with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, as the youngest expansion team in Major League Baseball. After a mediocre debut season, the Diamondbacks finished the following year first in the National League West with a 100–62 record, but lost to the New York Mets in the NL Division series. With several All-Star players like Randy Johnson and Matt Williams, the Diamondbacks had high expectations for the 2000 season, but finished third in the NL West with an 85–77 record.
During the offseason, team manager Buck Showalter was fired, replaced by sportscaster and former player Bob Brenly. The Diamondbacks acquired several notable free agent players during the offseason, including Miguel Batista, Mark Grace, Reggie Sanders. Most of the Diamondbacks players were above the age of thirty, had played on a number of teams prior to the 2001 season. In fact, the Diamondbacks starting lineup for the World Series did not include a player under the age of thirty-one, making them the oldest team by player age in World Series history. With several players nearing the age of retirement, Luis Gonzalez noted that the overall team mentality was "there's too many good guys in here to let this opportunity slip away". Although the Diamondbacks were only one game above.500 by the end of April, Gonzalez had a memorable start to the season, in which he tied the MLB record with thirteen home runs during the month of April. The Diamondbacks found greater success in May and June, at one point at a six-game lead in the NL West.
During this span, the team won nine consecutive games, Johnson tied the MLB record with twenty strikeouts in a nine inning game. The six game lead did not last long however, by the end of July, the Diamondbacks were a half game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the West. A resurgent August pushed the team back into first place, a spot they maintained for the rest of the season. By the end of the season, several Diamondbacks players had put up exceptional statistics: Curt Schilling had the most wins of any pitcher in MLB that year with twenty-two, while Johnson nearly broke the single season strikeout record with 372. Johnson and Schilling had the two lowest earned run averages in the NL, with 2.49 and 2.98 respectively. Gonzalez ended the season with a.325 batting average and fifty-seven home runs, finished third in voting for the NL Most Valuable Player Award. The Diamondbacks were one of the best defensive teams in MLB that year, second in fewest errors committed, tied with the Seattle Mariners for the best field
Alan Duane Embree is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. Embree played for the Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, the Colorado Rockies, he bats and throws left-handed, was used as a left-handed specialist. Embree attended Prairie High School in Brush Prairie and was a letterman in football, baseball. In baseball, he won All-Conference honors. Embree won a state championship in baseball at Prairie High School. Due to a shoulder injury, he did not pitch during his senior season. Over the final three seasons of his high school career, he hit.400. From 1992 through 2004, Embree had posted a 28-28 record with a 4.38 ERA and seven saves in 568 games. In 2004, Embree recorded the final out against the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS; the Red Sox went on to win the World Series and Embree received his World Series ring on Opening Day, 2005. In 2005 with the Boston Red Sox, Embree's record was 1-4 with a 7.65 ERA in 43 outings.
As a result of these sub-par numbers, Embree was designated for assignment on July 19. He was signed by the New York Yankees on July 30 to replace Buddy Groom, designated for assignment. On December 6, 2006 it was announced that Embree agreed to a two-year deal with the Oakland Athletics including an option for the 2009 season. Embree spent the bulk of his time serving as the team's closer while Huston Street was injured for a prolonged period. On December 13, 2008 it was announced that Embree had agreed to a one-year deal with the Colorado Rockies for the 2009 season and an option for the 2010 season. On July 7, 2009 Embree became only the second pitcher since 1990 to be awarded a win without throwing a single pitch; this is. On July 10, 2009, Embree's right tibia was broken after he was struck in the leg by a line drive off the bat of Atlanta Brave Martín Prado; the injury caused Embree to miss the rest of the 2009 season. On March 20, 2010, the Boston Red Sox signed Embree to a Minor League contract with a Major League Spring Training invitation.
Embree had a clause in his contract that would grant him a release by April 15 if he was not on the major league roster. He opted to remain with the Boston organization and was called up on April 28. However, he was designated for assignment on May 1 without appearing in a game. On May 11, 2010, the Chicago White Sox signed Embree and assigned him to the Triple-A Charlotte Knights. Embree relies on two pitches: a 90 to 95 MPH four-seam fastball, a sharp slider, effective when he can keep it down. In his younger days, Embree's fastball was clocked as high as 96 to 98 mph. During his time with the Red Sox, he began to throw his fastball at lower velocity in order to avoid injuring his arm, he refined his slider into an effective pitch, whereas before, he had relied exclusively on his blazing fastball. He is difficult for left-handed hitters, he is not afraid to throw inside. An excellent fielder, he has a good move to first. On Nov 8, 2012, Embree was named the pitching coach for the Bend Elks Baseball Club in Oregon.
The Bend Elks are an amateur baseball team from Oregon. The team is a founding member of the wooden-bat West Coast League, a collegiate summer baseball league in Oregon and British Columbia that began play in 2005. Alan resides in Oregon with his children, his son Ace and his daughter, Andie. Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference
1997 Major League Baseball expansion draft
The 1997 Major League Baseball expansion draft was conducted by Major League Baseball on November 18, 1997, in the Phoenix Civic Center to stock the major league rosters of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks, new major league expansion franchises that were set to start play in the 1998 season. Tampa Bay joined the American League East division, displacing the Detroit Tigers (who moved to the AL Central division, thus displacing the Milwaukee Brewers, who moved to the National League Central division, Arizona joined the NL West division. Following the success of the 1993 expansion, which added the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins, MLB in 1994 set up an expansion committee to add two new expansion teams. Tampa Bay and Phoenix were chosen for the two expansion franchises. Similar to the 1992 expansion draft, both expansion teams selected 35 players; the draft was divided into three rounds. Each team would select 14 players in round 1, 14 players in round 2, 7 players in round 3.
Tampa Bay general manager Chuck LaMar and Arizona general manager Joe Garagiola, Jr. oversaw their teams' selections. The Devil Rays and Diamondbacks could pick any player not on the protected lists of the 28 other teams, although no team could lose more than one player in a given round; the protected list for each team consisted of: For the first round, 15 players from the rosters of their entire organization—both their 40-man roster, plus all minor league affiliates. Each team could add three more players to its protected list after each round. All players in an organization were eligible to be drafted, except those with no prior major league experience who had less than three years service if signed at age 19 or older, or had less than four years of service if signed at age 18 or younger. Players who were free agents after the end of the 1997 season need not be protected; as with the 1992 expansion draft, the order was determined by a coin toss. The winner of the toss could choose either: The first overall pick in the expansion draft or allow the other team to pick first and receive both the second and third overall expansion draft picks and the right to pick first in the subsequent rounds of the expansion draft.
Arizona chose to select second. The Devil Rays considered trading the player they were to select first, they chose Tony Saunders from the Florida Marlins. Once the draft was completed a number of trades were made. Teams had to wait until after the draft or risk losing their newly acquired players because they were not on their protected lists; the Devil Rays traded Bobby Abreu to the Philadelphia Phillies for Kevin Stocker The Devil Rays traded Andy Sheets and Brian Boehringer to the San Diego Padres for John Flaherty The Devil Rays traded Dmitri Young to the Cincinnati Reds for Mike Kelly The Devil Rays purchased Fred McGriff from the Atlanta Braves The Diamondbacks traded Gabe Alvarez, Joe Randa, Matt Drews to the Detroit Tigers for Travis Fryman The Diamondbacks traded Scott Winchester to the Cincinnati Reds for Félix Rodríguez The Diamondbacks traded Jesus Martinez to the Florida Marlins for Devon White The Diamondbacks traded Chuck McElroy to the Colorado Rockies for Harvey Pulliam The Diamondbacks intended to spend money.
The day prior to the expansion draft, they signed Jay Bell to a $34 million contract across five years. Two weeks following the draft, the Diamondbacks traded Martin for Matt Williams; the Devil Rays and Diamondbacks had differing results in their first years in MLB. Both teams altered their initial plans of developing youth. While the Devil Rays finished last in the AL East, the Diamondbacks won the 2001 World Series. "sabr.org Reprint of Boston Baseball article with draft rules". Retrieved March 17, 2006. "Expansion Draft List". McCook Daily Gazette. Associated Press. November 19, 1997. Retrieved October 18, 2011
Alexandria is the ninth-largest city in the state of Louisiana and is the parish seat of Rapides Parish, United States. It lies on the south bank of the Red River in the exact geographic center of the state, it is the principal city of the Alexandria metropolitan area which encompasses all of Rapides and Grant parishes. Its neighboring city is Pineville. In 2010, the population was an increase of 3 percent from the 2000 census. Located along the Red River, the city of Alexandria was home to a community which supported activities of the adjacent French trader outpost of Post du Rapides; the area developed as an assemblage of traders, Caddo people, merchants in the agricultural lands bordering the unsettled areas to the north and providing a link from the south to the El Camino Real and larger settlement of Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Alexander Fulton, a businessman from Washington County, near Pittsburgh, received a land grant from Spain in 1785, the first organized settlement was made at some point in the 1790s.
In 1805, Fulton and business partner Thomas Harris Maddox laid out the town plan and named the town in Fulton's honor. The earliest deed that survives for an Alexandria resident is from June 24, 1805 when a William Cochren, who identifies himself as a "of the Town of Alexandria", sold a tract of land across the Red River to a William Murrey; that same year Fulton was appointed coroner in Rapides Parish by territorial Governor William C. C. Claiborne. Alexandria was incorporated as a town in 1819 and received a city charter in 1832. In the spring of 1863, Alexandria was occupied by Union forces under the command of Admiral David Dixon Porter and General Nathaniel P. Banks. Porter arrived with his gunboats on May 7. In the day Banks reached Alexandria with his cavalry, whose members had marched twenty-five miles that day to reach the city. According to the historian John D. Winters of Louisiana Tech University, Porter disliked Banks but turned over Alexandria to him and departed to rejoin General U.
S. Grant at the ongoing siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Banks declared martial law. Porter left behind the gunboat USS Lafayette in Alexandria and posted the USS Pittsburg on the Black River to the northeast. In 1864, Admiral Porter returned to the area and quarreled with General Banks over possession of cotton supplies. Porter seized three hundred bales of Confederate cotton from various warehouses in Alexandria and stamped it "U. S. N. Prize", referring to the United States Navy. Porter sent his sailors into the country to search for unginned cotton. After the crop was located, it was brought to Alexandria to be baled; the sailors seized molasses and wool. Winters writes that Porter "took all cotton wherever he found it, cotton belonging to the Confederate government, cotton belonging to the'rebels,' and cotton belonging to'loyal' citizens."Winters continues: "Banks was furious with Porter when he learned that the admiral was scouring the interior for cotton. Since he had no authority to stop Porter's speculative activities, Banks could only try to beat him to the remaining cotton.
Army wagons were sent out in large numbers to collect the cotton. Thousands of bales were stored for future shipment. Jealous of the abundant transportation facilities of the army, unprincipled navy men stole army wagons and teams at night, repainted the wagons, branded the mules with navy initials, dove deep in the country in search of cotton.... "The federal army made itself as comfortable as possible during its long stay in Alexandria. Winters writes that "lumber and tools were foraged, the men busied themselves by building wooden tent floors and furniture.... Alexandria with a zigzag line of fortifications." While Banks remained in Alexandria in the spring of 1864, Porter was temporarily trapped north of the city because of the low level of the Red River, four feet instead of the needed seven feet to accommodate gunboats. Confederate citizens as a whole were most fearful of the Union. According to Winters, "most had never before seen a Yankee soldier expected the worse from the invader....'Some cried, some cursed, some whined.
Negroes were responsible for much of the pillage. Negro camp followers and officers' servants roamed the plantations and small farms without hindrance, bringing in their booty to camps each afternoon.... "On May 13, 1864, when the Union decided to abandon Alexandria, the city was set afire despite General Banks' order to the contrary. Winters reports that "burning and plundering" by two Union corps, who set fire to a store on Front Street. "a strong wind spread the flames from one building to the next." Banks claimed that the fire "broke out in the attic of one of the buildings on the levee inhabited by either soldiers or refugees." Winters reports. Hundreds of women and old people ran through the streets, trying to carry a few of their belongings to safety; when the heat became unbearable, they fled to the levee. Thieves ran from house to house and along the levee taking whatever they wanted from the shocked people. By noon the most congested parts of town were destroyed. An attempt to blow up a church in the path of the fire only succeeded in helping to spread the flames....
"Alexandria faced the overwhelming task of rebuilding with a year of the war rem
2010 in baseball
The following are the baseball events of the year 2010 throughout the world. Regular Season ChampionsWorld Series Champions – San Francisco Giants American League Champions – Texas Rangers National League Champions – San Francisco Giants Postseason – October 7 to November 4 Minor League Baseball AAA Championship: Columbus Clippers International League: Columbus Clippers Pacific Coast League: Tacoma Rainers Mexican League: Saraperos de Saltillo AA Eastern League: Altoona Curve Southern League: Jacksonville Suns Texas League: Northwest Arkansas Naturals A California League: San Jose Giants Carolina League: Potomac Nationals Florida State League: Tampa Yankees Midwest League: Lake County Captains South Atlantic League: Lakewood BlueClaws New York–Penn League: Tri-City ValleyCats Northwest League: Everett AquaSox Rookie Appalachian League: Johnson City Cardinals Gulf Coast League: GF Phillies Pioneer League: Helena Brewers Arizona League: AZL Brewers Dominican Summer League: DSL Giants Venezuelan Summer League: VSL Pirates Arizona Fall League: Scottsdale Scorpions Independent baseball leagues American Association: Shreveport-Bossier Captains Atlantic League: York Revolution Canadian American Association: Québec Capitales Frontier League: River City Rascals Golden Baseball League: Chico Outlaws Northern League: Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks United League Baseball: Edinburg Roadrunners Amateur College College World Series: South Carolina NCAA Division II: Southern Indiana NCAA Division III: Illinois Wesleyan NAIA: Cumberland Japan high school Spring Kōshien: Kōnan, Okinawa Summer Kōshien: Kōnan, Okinawa Kōnan becomes only the fifth school to sweep the country's two major high school tournaments in the same calendar year.
Youth Big League World Series: San Juan, Puerto Rico Junior League World Series: Taipei, Taiwan Little League World Series: Tokyo, Japan Senior League World Series: San Nicolaas, Aruba International National teams Intercontinental Cup: Cuba European Baseball Championship: Italy Central American and Caribbean Games: Dominican Republic Asian Games: South Korea South American Games: Venezuela World Junior Baseball Championship: Chinese Taipei Women's World Cup: Japan International Club team competitions Caribbean Series: Leones del Escogido European Champion Cup Final Four: Fortitudo Bologna KBO–NPB Championship: Chiba Lotte Marines Domestic leagues Australia – Claxton Shield: Victoria Aces China Baseball League: Guangdong Leopards Cuban National Series: Industriales Dominican League: Leones del Escogido France – Division Elite: Rouen Baseball 76 Holland Series: Neptunus Italian Cup: Fortitudo Bologna Japan Series: Chiba Lotte Marines Central League: Chunichi Dragons Pacific League: Chiba Lotte Marines Korea Baseball Organization: SK Wyverns Mexican League: Naranjeros de Hermosillo Puerto Rican League: Indios de Mayagüez Taiwan Series: Brother Elephants Venezuelan League: Leones del Caracas December December 4–7: Baseball winter meetings, Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
December 12: Last day for teams to offer 2011 contracts to unsigned players. Sources: Associated Press Baseball Hall of Fame honors Three individuals were elected and subsequently inducted—Andre Dawson in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, umpire Doug Harvey and manager Whitey Herzog in voting by separate panels of the Veterans Committee. Bill Madden received the J. G. Taylor Spink Award for excellence in writing. Jon Miller received the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting. MVP Awards American League – Josh Hamilton National League – Joey Votto Cy Young Awards American League – Félix Hernández National League – Roy Halladay Rookie of the Year Awards American League – Neftalí Feliz National League – Buster Posey Manager of the Year Awards American League – Ron Gardenhire National League – Bud Black Silver Slugger AwardsGold Glove Awards Woman Executive of the Year: Sharon Ridley, Nashville Sounds, Pacific Coast LeagueMajor Leagues Babe Ruth Award – Tim Lincecum Branch Rickey Award – Vernon Wells DHL Delivery Man of the Year Award – Heath Bell Edgar Martínez Award – Vladimir Guerrero Hutch Award – Tim Hudson Luis Aparicio Award – Carlos González Roberto Clemente Award – Tim Wakefield Tony Conigliaro Award – Joaquín Benoit Players Choice Awards Player of the Year – Carlos González Marvin Miller Man of the Year – Brandon Inge Outstanding Players – Josh Hamilton / Carlos González Outstanding Pitchers – David Price / Roy Halladay Outstanding Rookies – Austin Jackson / Buster Posey Comeback players of the year – Vladimir Guerrero / Tim Hudson Sporting News Awards Player of the Year – Josh Hamilton Managers of the Year – Ron Gardenhire / Bud Black Pitchers of the Year – Félix Hernández / Roy Halladay Rookies of the Year – Austin Jackson / Jason Heyward Comeback players of the year – Vladimir Guerrero / Tim Hudson Relievers of the year – Rafael Soriano / Heath Bell Fielding Bible AwardsMinor Leagues Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Award – Jeremy Hellickson USA Today Minor League Player of the Year Award – Jeremy Hellickson January 2 – Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Edwin Encarnación is discharged from a Miami, hospital after suffering first- and second-degree burns to his face when he gets hit by fireworks during a New Year's celebration in his native La Romana, Dom